Media Movers: Colin Paterson, Peter Ross, etc

WELCOME to Media Movers, reporting the latest moves within the Scottish media, including promotions and retirements.

WE begin by congratulating Colin Paterson on his appointment as editor of Topical Programmes at BBC Radio Scotland.

He’s been working in Wales these last few years since the demise of the all-speech Edinburgh radio station, talk107, which he helped found.

Says the BBC, he will take direct responsibility for morning shows, will take the lead role in developing the station’s digital’s strategy and will oversee the launch of a new, temporary Glasgow-based radio station being set up for the Commonwealth Games in partnership with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.

He will also join the Radio Scotland management team.

Paterson has been at BBC Wales as an executive producer for the last three years. Previously, he was programme director of TFM, in the North-east of England, and Red Dragon FM, in South Wales.

Station head, Jeff Zycinski, will absorb the editorial duties currently undertaken by managing editor, Sharon Mair, as she moves to oversee Commonwealth Games output.

Paterson takes up his new post on the 17th of next month.

* * *

MEANWHILE, Scotland on Sunday feature writer, Peter Ross, has left, to go freelance.

He joined SoS in November six years ago, having previously worked for the Sunday Herald, for eight years, and, before that, The List magazine, for two.

He will continue writing for Scotland on Sunday and its sister title, The Scotsman, and hopes to provide articles for other newspapers and magazines, both Scotland and UK-wide.

The multiple award winner at the Scottish Press Awards is also beginning to appear regularly on BBC Radio Scotland, as a pundit.

His first day as a freelancer was Friday.

* * *

AT Glasgow-based sports marketing company, Fast Track Scotland (previously known as The Sports Business), long-time account executive, Scott Stevenson, has got himself a new job. He’ll be known to most football reporters in Scotland as the person who organised Clydesdale Bank’s sponsorship of the SPL and Carling’s of the Scotland national team and the Scottish Cup, among other things.

He’s been at FTS for three years and has left, to join tomorrow, the Scottish Football Association as brand manager.

At the Scottish FA, he’ll be involved in looking after various commercial accounts, including Tesco Bank and McDonald’s.

* * *

AND finally, former editor-in-chief at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, Bruce Waddell, is said to have left Scots PR agency, The BIG Partnership, where he has been for just over a year since his departure from the newspapers. He joined BIG as director of media.

It is being reported he is to join an as yet unnamed ‘global charity’.

* * *

ON the move yourself? Do tell. Email us here.